Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Griffey Passes Robinson; Rookie Gabbard Blanks Royals

American League Chi White Sox 11 Cleveland 10 - The White Sox snapped a 3-game losing streak, but nearly blew a 9-run lead, holding on for their 2nd road win since the All-Star break. On their previous road trip, Chicago took 6 of 7 from Tampa Bay and Kansas City, but their current excursion pits them against vastly better squads. The Sox, now mired near the bottom of the AL Central at 41-50 play 2 more at Cleveland before heading to Boston for a 4-game series. Cleveland could have tied Detroit for first place in the division, but fell just short, scoring 3 runs in the 6th and 5 more in the 8th, but were eventually squelched by closer Bobby Jenks - the 7th White Sox pitcher - who earned his 25th save with a scoreless 8th inning. Kansas City 0 Boston 4 - Rookie starter Kason Gabbard (right) shut out the Royals on 3 hits Monday, earning his first complete game shutout, improving his record to 3-0. Gabbard walked one, struck out 8 and allowed just two runners past first base as the Red Sox turned 3 double plays behind him. Boston got all their runs via the long ball as Dustin Pedroia and Manny Ramirez hit solo shots in the 4th and David Ortiz put the game away with a 2-run blast in the 6th. Toronto 4 NY Yankees 6 - The Yankees kept pace with Boston, remaining 9 games back while throttling their nearest competition, Toronto, with solid late-inning bullpen work and home runs from Jorge Posada, Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez, who cracked his 32nd with a 2-run shot in the 3rd inning. Other AL Scores Baltimore 2 Seattle 4 - Mariners, 2 1/2 behind Angels, win 6th of last 8 Texas 4 Oakland 1 - A's lose 8th straight National League Cincinnati 10 Atlanta 3 - Ken Griffey Jr. passed Frank Robinson to move into 6th place on the career home run list with number 687. Griffey's 24th homer of the season - a 3-run swat - gave the Reds a 5-0 lead in the 2nd inning as they cruised to their first win after dropping 3 of 4 from the Mets. Griffey's next target is still-active, Sammy Sosa, at 602. Slumping Sammy is 0-for-July in both homers and RBI, his last long ball coming on June 30. The Braves remained 1 1/2 back of New York in the AL East as the Mets lost at San Diego. NY Mets 1 San Diego 5 - The first leg of the Mets' 7-game West coast swing didn't go so well as David Wells and a trio of relievers stymied the New Yorkers on 9 hits. Wells (5-5), worked 6 innings, giving up the only run the Mets would produce, in the 4th inning. Catcher Michael Barrett knocked in 3 runs with run-scoring singles in the 2nd and 8th innings, and added another single for a 3-4 night. Philadelphia 3 LA Dodgers 10 - Jeff Kent knocked a 3-run homer off loser Jamie Moyer while Brad Penny (11-1) was turning in another outstanding performance from the mound, allowing just one earned run on 4 hits over 7 innings. Penny struck out 8 and dropped his ERA to 2.33. The Dodgers retained their 1-game advantage over the Padres in the contentious NL West. Colorado 10 Pittsburgh 8 - The Rockies continued to creep up on the leaders in the NL West, and now trail Arizona by only 2 games, though they remain 6 1/2 behind division leader Los Angeles. Pitching not being the Rockies' strong suit, they nearly squandered an early 9-1 lead. Their bullpen came through, shutting out the Pirates over the final four innings. Matt Holiday drove in three runs with a double and a pair of sac flies. San Francisco 2 Chi Cubs 3 - Barry Bonds sat this one out, but the Giants probably could have used his bat. Cubs' starter Rich Hill evened his record at 6-6, allowing the only runs off 4 hits over 8 innings of work. The Cubs continue to chase NL Central leader Milwaukee, who lead by 3 1/2. The Cubs have won 4 straight. Other NL Scores St. Louis 5 Florida 3 Houston 3 Washington 4 Arizona 3 Milwaukee 4 - R. Braun, 2-run HR (14); Brewers, 19-26, worst road record of any division leader

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